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State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 08:41 pm
How long do you think it will take to recover from the deficits, left from Bush's wars?
Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 05:28 am
If the clueless Obama would have signed on to Ryan's budget, we would have been well on our wayRead More toward eliminating the deficit. Instead, he chose to drive us over the cliff. He has been an absolute failure.
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 06:37 am
If Ryan and his cohorts started to slash corporate welfare along with everything else, perhaps itRead More would be worth considering
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
President Obama
stanley seigler April 24, 2014 at 06:02 am
re: RR provided the environment necessary for the massive job creation +++ well rand paul disagreesRead More >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan < http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/rand-paul-jimmy-carter-was-better-budget-ronald-reagan > +++ Paul routinely knocked the Republican icon as a fiscal failure. By David Corn Wed Apr. 23, 2014 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< +++[CLIPS, goto link for context] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ And he [rand paul] routinely made an assertion: President Jimmy Carter had a better record on fiscal discipline than Reagan. +++ . Ron Paul voted "no" against the very first Reagan budget… Everybody loved this "great" budget. It was a $100 billion in debt. This was three times greater than Jimmy Carter's worst deficit +++ and pointed out that deficits had mounted under Reagan and President George H.W. Bush: "Domestic spending went up more rapidly in the '80s than it did under Carter." And he took this swipe at Reagan <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< +++ People want to like Reagan. He's very likable. And what he had to say most of the time was a great message. But the deficits exploded under Reagan +++ Paul pointed to the dramatic rise in deficit spending under President George W. Bush and declared that Republicans had "become hypocrites" on spending and the deficits >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ Jimmy Carter's last budget was about $34 or $36 billion in debt. Well, it turns out, Reagan's first budget turned out to be $110 billion dollars in debt. And each successive year, the deficit rose throughout Reagan's two terms. +++ spending rose more dramatically under Reagan than it did under Carter. Well, you say, 'Reagan's a conservative, Carter's a liberal.' Not necessarily always what it seems." +++ We were in charge in the Reagan term, the next Bush's term, this last Bush. The deficits were horrendous under the Republicans…During Reagan's two terms, domestic spending went up faster than Jimmy Carter. +++ The deficit exploded because domestic spending rose faster under Reagan, so did military, but domestic spending rose faster under Reagan than under Jimmy Carter… +++[ end clips] <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< well well well +++ thanks sen paul for confirming what this bleeding heart red neck has know
JAY JAY April 24, 2014 at 07:44 am
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for GodRead More loves a cheerful giver. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Get a JOB or get a PULPIT +++ Then you can hang with the phoney Reverends JACKSON, SHARPTON & Obama's hero that he threw under the Bus for votes!!!! Black Liberation church REVREND WRONG//
McCloud April 24, 2014 at 08:28 am
Spam machine is nothing but a cut and paste google search drone. His lack of education makes himRead More easy prey for the polluted message available for the taking on the internet. Repeating cliche is his art, ie using the tired 1% jargon regarding RR, side stepping the cold hard fact of creation of 24,833,000 net new jobs plus the reduction of those not in the workforce of 5,234,000. How in God's name can one lay claim that RR was all for the 1% only. Drone.
Jennifer Molski April 17, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Every year as I write my check to the Village of Flossmoor for $70 for my car and 2 pooches IRead More can’t help but think what an antiquated, outdated practice this Vehicle/Pet registration is. I would like to know the actual costs involved with the administration of this program? These include direct costs of printing of carbonless forms along with envelopes, postage costs of mailings to residents, printing of the actual stickers and the indirect costs of staff time and ongoing enforcement. While I understand Flossmoor does not have the sales tax income of some of our neighboring towns and relies on these fees I would encourage the Village to explore some other more cost effective means. Seems like a new approach would be a nice, refreshing and well-deserved break for Flossmoor Residents who are already burdened by high taxes. An increasing number of suburbs are moving away from vehicle sticker programs and perhaps Flossmoor could follow suit. My idea is to include the annual vehicle/pet fee in one of the quarterly water bills ONLY if the Village is able to lower the annual vehicle fees (CUT IN HALF?) as a result of doing away with the high administration costs. Just a thought!
Ernie Souchak April 14, 2014 at 02:10 pm
@shussbar - would not the use of roadsalt be in direct proportion to the amount of snow that falls?Read More What am I missing? Don't use any salt except for every other snowstorm?
SHUSSBAR April 15, 2014 at 08:41 am
@ Ernie. Hi Ernie, what I meant was that we use too much salt overall and it, combine withRead More freezing/thawing, destroys the asphalt on roads. I am in favor of applying salt only on major roads. The rest can be only plowed. Packed snow provides better traction than the melted slush created with the salt solution. Sand/gravel can also be used to improve traction. People should also equipped their car with snow tires.
Liese A Ricketts April 18, 2014 at 07:38 am
The worst road I have seen, almost impassable, is the road/alley next to Charter One Bank on theRead More south side. It has craters.
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Joe Renda Sr. April 7, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Now he's a substance abuser? I thought he was bi-polar. The only thing I know for sure is that heRead More is a scumbag, piece of dog feces, and he should remain in solitary for the rest of his inappropriately short sentence.
mr lahey April 21, 2014 at 08:43 am
and soon to be msnbc host!
SHUSSBAR April 7, 2014 at 08:27 am
Really Hofeld? “Chickens smell,” Hofeld previously said in a Patch video. “TheyRead More really and truly do.” Let s ban cars, they smell. CN diesel trains smell, ban them. Garbage trucks smell, ban them, fertilizing lawn smell This is a ridiculous excuse. Sure it needs to be regulated somewhat (# of chicken/ft2, # of chicken total, etc etc). This said, there are more important things : Speeders on 183rd, cars, semi-trucks and school buses loaded with YOUR kids are speeding on 183rd everyday. I never saw police stopping a semi-truck or a school bus, i wonder why?
Hernendo RevolveR April 7, 2014 at 02:23 pm
How about cows? I want to raise cows on my property. Nothing like fresh milk!
Vernon Cherrywood April 13, 2014 at 11:37 am
Chickens are very "trendy" to own and it sounds so quaint and charming to have fresh eggsRead More and a little coop. Well, it's NOT. I have chickens next door to me in a tight-knit Denver neighborhood and they are VERY loud (They are chickens, not roosters) and unless the coop and yard is kept IMPECCABLY clean, they DO stink and are insanely unsanitary. You think a barking dog in the neighborhood is annoying? Wait until you unleash these upon yourselves. Careful what you wish for. If you want a farm, then move out of Homewood. It doesn't belong.
Russ Foster April 24, 2014 at 07:08 am
@gerald - you are what is screwing America. You think American needs to force options to the lowestRead More common denominator--to people who don't know what to do. There was nothing wrong with my former insurance policy. It worked, I didn't go into bankruptcy. Apparently I am smart enough to pick something from the confusing options of "choice and competition". But I no longer have that choice.
Russ Foster April 24, 2014 at 07:12 am
@gerald - I have an exercise for you. Can you tell me exactly was was wrong with my formerRead More insurance policy?
Max Smart April 24, 2014 at 10:06 am
" I have an exercise for you. Can you tell me exactly was was wrong with my former insuranceRead More policy?" Of course ha can. Geri knows all. Fortunately for us plebes, he shares his vast knowledge with all!
jack hess April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
Every State should pass this law. It would hopefully put these dirtbags out of business.
LB April 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
I dont think a $500 fine is going to stop many of those business owners. What are their chances ofRead More actually getting caught? However, I fully support this and wish that every state would pass it too.
Edward Andrysiak April 4, 2014 at 11:58 am
Intent seems ok but the definition of "puppy mill' is important. Example; a person wanting aRead More hunting dog, say an English Pointer, is likely not going to find one in a shelter. So, special use dogs will be bred "somewhere" for sale to prospective buyers. In some cases the breeder may be out of State. I think there needs to be careful consideration to the definition of the "puppy mill" word.
Edward Andrysiak April 2, 2014 at 11:02 am
You have to wonder what causes people to be so different. Mexicans, millions of them, sneak over theRead More line to get into this country. They are poor, uneducated and do not speak the language. THEY WORK and abide by the laws, respect family and everybody else. They don't create a Detroit or south side of Chicago. If your are in a hardware store and six Mexicans come in you assume they are buying tools to earn a living. If six blacks come in with hoodies and hanging pants you assume it is time to hold your wallet! Get it madhee? Whites don't do anything to you...you do it to yourselves. As an aside, you toss out your hard working decent black people as some kind of Uncle Tom...wake up and live for today!
Edward Andrysiak April 2, 2014 at 11:15 am
Madhee...you are so negative it prompts me to share another story with you...my first employee whenRead More I went into business was a black man. He stayed with me for years until he passed recently. He was the best technician in the place! I would have made him my service manager but...he could not read or write! He had five kids...(pay attention to what follows here)...they all received a college education and are doing well in life. He paid forward, never bitched or played the poor me part. Take a lesson from a great man. I think about him often. You will pass from my memory as soon as I shut this puter down. Wake up!
jack hess April 2, 2014 at 11:17 am
Your right Larry. No more wasting time on this close minded person. I witness how MuslimsRead More brutalize their women after i spend 6 six years in the middle east. Actually there is documented film 2014 made by Muslims women, on Human right Violation by Muslim men against Women and young little girls. Rapes, murder, genital mutilation, Muslims men taking 9 years old for a wife.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
Hernendo RevolveR March 12, 2014 at 09:28 pm
Yay. Another compromise. Instead of getting a whole plate of crap we are only getting half aRead More plate. Either way it's crap. Give them a few months. There will be another budget crisis and we'll have to raise taxes to pay for "essential city services" like police and fire protection. Same crap, different day.
Homewood Jim March 13, 2014 at 07:39 am
Parking. As many have pointed out, parking is the key. Why did Tom's survive when 3 BrothersRead More closed? Parking. Why is downtown Lagrange busy? PLENTY of parking. Free parking. Pass the lipstick - we are going to make this downtown pig look great!
Vernon Cherrywood April 12, 2014 at 06:48 pm
I love the renovation idea. Homewood needs to modernize and attract a younger generation, even ifRead More this plan needs some alterations. BTW, Why is it I only seem to read a lot of bitching and moaning on the patch? What have you ACTUALLY done to help your community other than complain on this blog about the people trying to improve Homewood? Do you have a recommendation, suggestion or even constructive criticism? Great! We should be proud of our town, sense of community, open government, and village amenities. There is always room for improvement and discussion but can't we raise the bar on the comments?
Tobias Cichon March 11, 2014 at 10:50 am
So, after reviewing the plan, which has great detail, I have to say I'm all in favor of this. ItRead More would create a more centralized community spot for the shops in the area and I believe would drive up business and make the downtown area more appealing and a destination in and of itself, rather than a bunching of businesses that people don't currently have much a reason to browse. I'm posting this opinion here, because I haven't found any official place for the public discussion on this... just scattered comments among articles on the patch and a few more on facebook. Is there one? A special projects online forum hosted by or integrated with our government website would be nice for community discussion on such matters.
Vernon Cherrywood April 13, 2014 at 11:39 am
Love it!
DHD March 11, 2014 at 09:24 am
Sorry Pau,l the state is taking away people's freedom to poison their children. This is 180 degreesRead More different from red light and speeding cameras.
Paul Dabrowski April 7, 2014 at 08:30 am
Sorry DHD, more government control over EVERYTHING we do. I grew around smokers and I'm veryRead More healthy. Again, it's you give an inch and they take a mile.
Paul Dabrowski April 7, 2014 at 08:45 am
Then again why stop there. What about your house? Or is “Poisoning” kids there okay? AndRead More before anyone says that they can just leave the room, well, the new buzz words for anti-smoking is now “Third Hand Smoke”. Which is the smoke that “clings” to your clothes. And, of course, they say is just as harmful. And what about all the other “bad things” for kids? Fast and junk food. There are plenty of fat kids out there, why not ban McDonalds from selling to people under 18.
Karen Kurowski McHugh March 12, 2014 at 11:09 am
ACN23 - Random thoughts in your head blurted out rarely have the same impact outside. Fire pits outRead More in the open are stupid and if "the old man from Worth" agrees - then I am not alone. And by the way - my husband is from Chicago - thanks for asking.
John May March 17, 2014 at 03:02 pm
You know... actually... the train station thing is a good point. A really good point. What we wantRead More to promote in Homewood is the "bedroom community" identity. We want it to be a nice place for professionals and their families. That mean we want the real day to day experience of professionals to be really good. If we want to spend money to help the village, a really nice train station is a good idea. With nice(r) benches, warm(er) heated areas, and how about free wifi for residents? Shoot how about a vending machine? Sitting at that train station on a winter morning is a miserable experience. True I'm sure for just about every Chicago area train station. What if we were really ambitious and made it... *not miserable*? When the train comes through our town going south, it's just had a very proctological view of some of the ugliest parts of the greater Chicago area. It might be worthwhile really focusing on making our train station stand in contrast to that - something to be proud of. Something that makes us look like the jewel of the south suburbs, not just a slight improvement over the areas to the north.
Vernon Cherrywood March 29, 2014 at 02:21 pm
As a former Homewood resident (18 yrs) that has since lived in 7 different states and 3 countries, IRead More think a small redevelopment of downtown, including more public space, is exactly what Homewood needs to revitalize its downtown. By spending "tax payer dollars" on a carefully planned improvement project like this, beautifies/modernizes the town, adds amenities, and will attract people to the downtown core, IMPROVING the local economy. If all people have the attitude of "nothing should change" or "Not my tax dollars!", Homewood will continue to decline, lose tax revenue, become less relevant as a leading suburb. This is not a budget-busting project and would bring a much needed "buzz" about Homewood. Look at the websites for towns like Palm Springs who are spending on capital improvements. Here is one town in Arkansas with similarities to Homewood and how they turned their town around: El Dorado, Arkansas: Raising the boom Then: Home to a 1920s oil rush that brought high hopes, rows of new buildings and 30,000 people to "Arkansas' Original Boomtown," the golden opportunity of El Dorado's namesake gave way to the Great Depression and perpetual economic hardship. By 1980, the town's commercial district was barely ticking. Now: Thanks to one huge civic mobilization, mass restorations, a new $14.4 million conference facility and a roster of annual festivals, El Dorado has recouped its reputation as "the pride of south Arkansas." The once desolate downtown is now lined with more than 65 specialty shops, eateries, inns and the state's only operating art deco theater. Wow: Each May, the Bugs, Bands & Bikes festival features thousands of revving motorcycles gathered for a bike show/parade and a two-day Battle of the Bands -- all seasoned with hundreds of pounds of the region's best crawfish. All it takes is vision, hard work, and the right attitudes.
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DJ March 5, 2014 at 05:46 pm
I mean Ed. Damn spell check.
antigambler March 7, 2014 at 04:59 pm
The Illinois-taxpayer-funded Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability predicted thatRead More "a reduced tax structure combined with the likely cannibalization of existing casinos could mean that the State would have a large amount of gaming expansion, with little new tax revenues to show for it." Well, maybe $400, as the article says. Call your legislators at (217) 782-2000, and tell them to vote "NO" on any gambling-expansion bills!
Edward Andrysiak March 8, 2014 at 08:09 am
There MIGHT be little new revenue due to dilution as you say but the difference could well be in whoRead More shares in the cash flow.
Herc March 6, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Marianne, nice word statesman, that stopped in the 70's. Today's career politician could care lessRead More about you or me. It's all about lining their pockets with the taxpayers money! They'd sell their soul's to the devil if they had to. Chivalry is long gone!
Ex Jolietian March 6, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Hey.. Teddy is a hero. He dove back into the murky waters that infamous evening.. to put Mary Jo'sRead More panties back on. Google "Waitress Sandwich" sometimes... and enjoy!
Citizen Sane March 16, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Please do not think that my preference leans toward this thread. The direction of my preference mayRead More be very much on the proverbial fence, but the sway of it can be garnered by use of preference.
Homewood Jim March 1, 2014 at 07:11 am
"the potential for a new restaurant at the southeast corner of Ridge and Martin" ??? IRead More guess the owner of Civiltea Garden should be nervous that the plan is for a new restaurant there instead of Civilitea! Kinda makes you wonder how good the Lakota plan is when they don't know southeast from southwest.
Greg February 25, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I agree this is one form of corporate welfare. However if Illinois doesn't put skin in the game,Read More the film productions will go elsewhere. Most of the productions shooting in Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico were orphans from California which has very limited tax incentives although there is political movement out there to get some skin in the tax incentive game.
rss February 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm
SOUTHEAST SIDE - you have no clue what my economic and social views may be. To be sure, youRead More correctly pinpoint that I am no fan of tax breaks for film. And I am sick and tired of working and trying to raise kids in a nation that has increasingly run amuk of any moral compass. Your radical views no longer disturb me. I am now desensitized to the hard left and the imperialistic views of same. In the meantime, I work hard and once thought I earned a pretty good living... stop the theft!
John Roberts February 27, 2014 at 09:06 am
Film industry own the DVD industry as a subsidiary and claims loss on DVD's which basically get theRead More Original Author NOTHING. While the FILM INDUSTRY" Banks Millions.... Want to support Authors go to Amazon and Purchase the Stories from the Authors. People who write the books get the money they deserve.
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ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:27 am
and lowering minimum wage ? no thanksRead More http://chicagoist.com/2014/01/07/business_mogul_bruce_rauner_would_l.php
ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:35 am
If you want to bring jobs back, you have to open the federal trickle down again and get federalRead More money back into Illinois, which everyone knows already. How would he talk to those people ? would he even try ? Instead, let's get names like Foster, Kirk, Durbin, and Hultgren perhaps convincing congress into getting federal contracts back into our infrastructure [including education] and 'invest' in us again.
Max Smart March 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
Federal money? IL gets more federal funds than most states and squanders every dime on pensions andRead More other entitlements. What we need is people with the will to do the will of the PEOPLE!
Luke Dominy February 25, 2014 at 08:32 pm
Maybe I'm being naive, or just too optimistic, but won't an expansion to the gambling bill lead to aRead More casino in the South Burbs that would in turn lead to massive revenue for the State, and more importantly, create HUNDREDS of new jobs here in the South Suburbs?! I realize that revenue from previous bills haven't been appropriated correctly, but since we are in an embarrassing amount of debt (both on the State and Township levels) won't this expansion help drive commerce to our suburbs? Like I stated before, maybe I am not aware of all the negative repercussions, but to me this push for gambling expansion could do more good than harm.
Larry February 26, 2014 at 06:57 am
Luke, new revenue and creation of new jobs, it couldn't hurt. I said that at the airports on a trialRead More basis Slot Machines should be put in place. Why let Indiana, and Wisconsin reap the proceeds from our residents going over to their state, keep the money here. Better than bigger Taxes!!!
Larry March 3, 2014 at 10:09 am
If revenue is going to Indiana through gambling and Wisconsin, why not keep the money in Ill. PeopleRead More will Drink, Gamble and have any other Bad Vice's, You can't say no don't have it because of people's vice's, if that's the case then have no alcohol or drinking in the State.
Joe Kocur February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am
The kill switch is called your side arm your carrying. Pull the trigger and empty 6 of the 12 slugsRead More you have in your weapon. No need for kill switch.
Eric Blair February 24, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Lost phones aren’t really a big enough problem to call for such legislation. Only a pretext toRead More cover for the real reason. The “police state” doesn’t want people recording their unlawful actions against the rest of us. The police would love to be able to turn off the phones of anyone recording their violent behavior. Surely the police would be the ones possessing the “kill switch” device along with the phone companies. Not a day goes by without some video recording the police (any state, U.S.A.) beating and/or killing some poor sap for some nonsensical reason. Note to Joe: I only got five in my big bore revolver, shouldn’t/don’t really need six.
Edward Andrysiak March 6, 2014 at 02:58 pm
I would rather keep CONTROL of my phone with me! To discourage thefts and reuse, perhaps the phonesRead More can be made to accept a personal security code. So you if you want to input a security code to render the phone useless you can. If you answer yes you install up to ten numbers which are the "combination" to start and keep your phone operating. You could program in a frequency code which simply is how often you want your phone to ask you to re input the security code. So, if stolen or lost it operates for just the mount of time you entered for the next restart code to be entered. Assuming the finder or thief can't break your code...the phone is inoperative. It' a do it yourself version of what they want to make law. I like it better!